Future parents have to decide whether or not they want to collect their baby’s cord blood, and if they want to store it in a private cord blood bank or to donate it to a public one.
If you are expecting a baby, here are 8 reasons why you should make a donation to a public cord blood bank.
1. Cord blood stem cells can be used to treat many diseases
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, and these stem cells can be used to effectively treat many diseases and disorders, including cancer, metabolic disorders, immune deficiency diseases, sickle cell anemia, and more.
2. Cord blood can be used to save the life of someone
When you choose to donate the cord blood of your baby to a public cord blood bank, your generous gesture could help save the life of someone. When a patient needs a stem cell transplant, your baby’s cord blood could be a perfect match.
3. Donating to a public cord blood bank is free
Future parents who choose to store their baby’s cord blood in a private cord blood bank will have to pay some expensive fees. On the other hand, donating to a public cord blood bank is free, but it means that your baby’s cord blood will be available to anyone who needs it.
4. Your baby’s cord blood might still be available to your family
Anyone who is a perfect match will be able to use your baby’s donated cord blood. However, if your baby or another member of your family ever needs a stem cell transplant, your baby’s cord blood will be available, as long as it has not been used by someone else.
5. Collecting cord blood is safe and painless
Cord blood is collected after the baby’s umbilical cord is cut, which means that the procedure is painless for the mother and for the baby. Since donating cord blood is perfectly safe and free, you have nothing to lose.
6. Cord blood from different ethnic backgrounds is highly needed
If you come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, your baby’s cord blood might be highly needed. It’s always easier for patients in need of a stem cell transplant to find a perfect match if the donor has the same ethnic background as them.
7. Donations can be used for research
Unfortunately, not all cord blood donations qualify for a stem cell transplant. However, the donations that don’t qualify can be used for research, to help doctors find new ways to treat and prevent diseases with the help of stem cells.
8. Access to public cord blood banks is improving in Canada
Since there are not many public cord blood banks in Canada at the moment, many parents are not aware of that option. However, access to Canadian public and private cord blood banks is improving, so the time is right to take advantage of this opportunity.